Banning of films which might arouse international hatreds was declared by Leopold Gutmann, president of the German Picture Theatre Owners’ Association, to be one of the principal aims of the European Film Congress which opened in Berlin yesterday, an Associated Press despatch from Berlin states.
Five hundred persons prominent in the film world and representing fifteen nations, are attending the Congress.
The motion picture production of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” against which protests were made in the South, was changed by the producers, for the picture’s exhibition in Southern cities. Simon Legree, the villain, was changed to a Yankee and some of the “cruelty” footage was eliminated, an Associated Press Despatch from Dallas, Texas, states.
A prologue was added explaining that such occurrences as the film depicts were not common in the South of pre-war days.